Air Combat Command has declared full operational capability for the F-22A force at Langley AFB, Va. ACC boss Gen. John Corley said Thursday that “years of collaborative effort” had culminated in the “key milestone” FOC. He determined that the integrated active duty 1st Fighter Wing and Air National Guard 192nd FW at Langley, have “sufficient Raptors, equipment, and trained airmen” to sustain FOC “for many years to come.” The two units jointly fly and maintain 40 fighters, which are assigned to the 1st FW’s 27th Fighter Squadron and 94th FS. Between the active and Air Guard units, there are 80 trained Raptor pilots.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.